Diverse lineups for 2014-15 pilot season
Thu, Mar 20th 2014 09:00 am
Kerry Washington stars in "Scandal" on ABC. The show airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. (ABC photo by Eric McCandless)
With the 2013-14 television season
coming to an end soon, developments for next fall's pilot season have already
begun. One trend to watch is that more pilots led by black actors are in the
works this season.
When television first became popular
and up until recent years, it was rare to see a minority face as a lead actor
for prime time show. With ABC's "Scandal" breaking barriers by having the first
black actress nominated for an Emmy since 1995, we are starting to see a shift
in what our weekly television shows look like.FOX Entertainment Chairman Kevin
Reilly said in January, "I see the shift in the way people are conceiving the
roles and casting them."
The faces of the 2014-15 pilots are beginning
to represent the post-racial world we live in today. Some examples of these are
"Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal" executive
producers Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers have developed another ABC drama series
titled "How to Get Away with Murder," which will star "The Help's" Viola Davis.
Romany Malco and Anthony Anderson will both star in the network's two comedy
pilots. Malco in comedian Kevin Hart's semi-autobiographical pilot "Keep It
Together," and Anderson in comedy writer Kenya Barris's semi-autobiographical
Office's" Craig Robinson is set to star in a comedy pilot "Mr Robinson."
"Deception" star Meagan Good will also star in NBC sci-fi drama "Babylon
FOX, Lee Daniel's drama "Empire" will star "Hustle & Flow" duo Terrence
Howard and Taraji P. Henson. Jada Pinkett Smith will star as an antagonist in FOX's
Batman origin story, "Gotham." "The Help's" Octavia Spencer will star in the
network's hospital drama "Red Band Society."
the success of last year's summer premiere "Under the Dome," CBS has decided to
comeback with another drama titled "Extant," about an astronaut learning to
adjust to life at home after spending 13 months in space, Halle Berry will star.
Along with lead roles being filled
by black actors, more supporting roles will be open to a diverse group of
actors. Keep in mind that casting season
is only halfway done. With each broadcast network having to worry about
competition with each other, as well as with cable and Netflix, viewers will no
longer have complaints about having nothing to watch in the fall of 2014.